July 15, 2015

Devil’s Pulpit Golf Course recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Devil’s Pulpit was designed by Dana Fry and Michael Hurdzan and was built by the inventors of Trivial Pursuit, Scott Abbott and Chris Haney. Upon its opening in 1990, Devil’s Pulpit was awarded Best New Course in Canada by Golf Magazine, and it consistently rated in the top courses in Canada in subsequent years.  Its sister course, Devil’s Paintbrush, also designed by Fry and Hurdzan, won this same award when it opened in 1992.  Attending this event were Scott Abbott and Sarah Haney, representing the owners; Ken Wright, the original and only superintendent the club has had; Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, the course designers; and 400 guests.

Participants enjoyed a 25th anniversary golf outing and a party followed by speeches from Abbott, Haney, Wright, Hurdzan, and Fry.

Devil’s Pulpit was the most significant projects of my career. Paintbrush is my personal favorite course I have ever worked on. Simply put, it is one of a kind. Chris Haney is still to this day the most crazy and interesting person I ever worked for. – Dana Fry, Principal Fry / Straka Global Golf Course Design

He continued by stating his respect and admiration for Ken Wright, who he considers to be, “one of the very best golf course superintendents anywhere.

The Devil’s Pulpit and the Devil’s Paintbrush are the courses that put Hurdzan and Fry on the map. The Pulpit, built on 315 acres, was a massive earthmoving job. It is grassed with bentgrass greens, tees, and fairways. It is a course that is very visually dramatic with fantastic views of the Niagara Escarpment and downtown Toronto over 30 miles away. In contrast, The Paintbrush, about 4 kilometers away on 166 acres from an earth-moving standpoint, is the opposite type of course. It is a great piece of natural topography with the same awesome views of the Niagara Escarpment and downtown Toronto. It is all fescue except for the greens, which are bentgrass. All the bunkers are stacked sod wall bunkers, and the course has low stone walls running around the entire course and, in some places, right thru golf holes.

About Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design

Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design is a partnership with worldwide reach in award-winning golf-course design. Golf course architects Dana Fry and Jason Straka, having worked together for nearly 20 years, continue to bring their collective design experience, talent and renowned client dedication to their venture.

Although the pair collaborates on all projects, it is not uncommon for the partners to be traveling on opposite sides of the world so they can serve their global clients with ease, efficiency and the utmost in professional dedication. In addition, the company has a diversified staff of associates – speaking a combined six languages – based in Lisbon, Portugal; Milan, Italy; Beijing, China; Porto Alegre, Brazil; and dispersed around the U.S. Thus Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design can service any job, anywhere in the world, with the highest of standards and a consummate commitment to excellence.

Last year, Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design was named the 2013 Golf Course Design Firm of the Year by The Boardroom Magazine, endorsed by the Club Managers Association of America, in its Excellence in Achievement Awards.